Patrolman Robert L. Rowland

Photo of Patrolman Robert L. Rowland
End of Watch: Sun, Dec 22nd, 1935
Date of Incident: Sat, Dec 21st, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 3 months
Age: 51


His wife Ruth and children Thomas and Annie


Patrolman Robert Rowland and Patrolman James Hays were shot and killed while attempting to question two brothers about a stolen automobile at the garage they operated in Franklin. One of the brothers was sentenced to life and one was sentenced to six years.

The suspect who was released after only six years went on to murder Deputy Sheriff Melvin Fleming, of the Davidson County, Tennessee, Sheriff's Department, and Detective Charles Mundy, of the Nashville, Tennessee, Police Department. The two were murdered after Deputy Fleming attempted to arrest the man in a restaurant for being drunk in public. The suspect was shot and killed in the ensuing shootout.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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